Vermont Yankee

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Nuclear Regulatory Commission Approves Vermont Yankee Transfer

“The Nuclear Regulatory Commission was absolutely correct to require these additional guarantees from NorthStar,” said Sandra Levine, Senior Attorney at CLF. “This is a major clean-up of a contaminated nuclear site that poses pollution risks for generations to come. It is not a project that should be done on the cheap, and it should not leave Vermonters on the hook to pay for cleanup efforts. The NRC clearly recognized the weakness of the proposal that Entergy presented to Vermont regulators.”

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Vermont Yankee Sale: A Raw Deal for Vermonters
by Sandy Levine

Vermonters are the losers in a recent agreement aimed to sweeten the deal for the sale of Entergy’s shuttered Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. Slick talk and empty promises prevailed. In a rush to secure a possible – and by no means certain – quick clean-up of the site, the agreement short-changes Vermont communities. Entergy…

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Vermont Yankee Settlement Leaves Communities Vulnerable

“Vermonters are the losers in a recent agreement aimed to sweeten the deal for the sale of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant,” said CLF Senior Attorney Sandra Levine. “In a rush to secure a possible – and by no means certain – quick clean-up of the site, the settlement excludes reasonable protection for Vermont communities. The deal Entergy and NorthStar proposed leaves Vermonters vulnerable to picking up the tab if something goes wrong.”

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Cleaning Up Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant
by Sandy Levine

In testimony submitted today, Conservation Law Foundation showed shortcomings in the proposed plan to transfer the shuttered Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power facility from Entergy, its current owner, to Northstar. Cleaning up is messy business. And especially so for nuclear power plants. The closed Vermont Yankee Nuclear facility sits idle on the banks of the Connecticut…

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Contamination at Vermont Yankee (Again)
by Sandy Levine

Recent news reports that dangerous Strontium-90 was found in wells on the Vermont Yankee site are troubling. It sure is a good thing the plant shut down in December. Now the contamination can hopefully be contained and it should be cleaned up. Unfortunately, Vermont Yankee’s owners continue to see no problems. Back in 2010 Strontium-90…

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End of Nuclear in Vermont
by Sandy Levine

The end of a nuclear power era arrived in Vermont on December 29, 2014. The Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power plant in southern Vermont stopped producing power. This is indeed the end of an era. And the beginning of a new one. The shuttering of Vermont Yankee marks a significant passage – for CLF, for Vermont,…

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Keeping Out Citizens
by Sandy Levine

Regulatory decisions, like democracies, and even social events, generally benefit from broad participation. It is rare that the input from a wide range of interests doesn’t improve the outcome. In regulatory matters, allowing broad participation is particularly helpful when the folks who usually participate have already reached an agreement. The only opportunity to hear another…

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Climate Change March 2014
by Sandy Levine

Most of my climate change advocacy has me working behind a desk or in front of a judge or other public official. It was a different experience for me to join over 300,000 people in New York City for the Climate Change March last Sunday. To begin with, over 300,000 people equals half the population…